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With 36 state parks, 11 state forests, 42 natural areas, over 800 lakes and ponds, 127 miles of coastline, and 4 national recreational areas, the words "I'm bored" should never leave a NJ resident's mouth on a beautiful day. Land creatures and sea creatures, we've got an abundance of activities for everyone. Don't take your environment and surroundings for granted! Take time to bring your family and friends on an expedition, whether it's taking to the seas or traversing the diverse landscape.

Central NJ
In Flight Balloon Adventures LLC 
Personalized, Scenic Hot Air Balloon Rides in Hunterdon County NJ
888-301-2383 or 908-479-4674

In Flight Balloon Adventures best NJ outdoor activities The best way to see Hunterdon County, NJ!
For a romantic getaway, the OVERNIGHT ROMANTIC ADVENTURE GETAWAY PACKAGE combines the adventure of a Hot Air Balloon flight with the romance of elegant dining, followed by a comfortable night in a charming country Bed and Breakfast. Surprise him or her with this unusual and romantic getaway. Combine a Sunrise flight, evening flight, dinner before or after - your choice. Let In Flight make all the arrangements.

ENGAGEMENT FLIGHTS - Utilize their most popular flight, the Exclusive 2-Passenger Flight that allows you and your special someone to float together above the scenic and picturesque hills, fields and historic homes of Hunterdon County NJ.

The DINNER FLIGHT offers a very unique trip. You and your significant other will enjoy elegant dining followed by a hot air balloon flight. After dining you meet behind the restaurant for a quarter mile ride to the balloon launch site at Modica Farm. Surprise, a hot air balloon ride for just the two of you!

In Flight also offers Exclusive 2-Passenger Flights, Corporate and Large Party Flights, Party Tethers, Multiple Balloon Launches, Group Rates as well as Gift Certificates.

Your flight is followed by a complimentary champagne, non-alcoholic drinks and hors d'oeuvres tailgate party, providing a great opportunity for passengers to communicate with the pilots, crews and other passengers! Normally there are multiple balloons so passengers take photos of each other's hot air balloons and the photo exchange starts at the tailgate party with an exchange of email addresses.

The Experienced Professionals - Flights Offered Daily (Weather Permitting)!

Western NJ
Delaware River Tubing
778 Frenchtown Rd., Milford, NJ 08848

Delaware River Tubing best outdoor adventures New Jersey All-inclusive river adventure!
Enjoy a scenic two or four-hour river tubing adventure along the beautiful Delaware River! The rushing Class I rapids of the river provide hours of outdoor fun for families, friends and nature lovers! The fee includes lifejacket rental, key check, use of facilities and a BBQ lunch at “The Famous River Hot Dog Man”! The lunch stop is about halfway through the trip, and you can enjoy your meal near a lovely private island complete with picnic tables right in the water. Feel free to stop at the small islands along the tour to relax or sun bathe. Package options are for tubing, kayaking or canoeing river adventures, and group rates are available. This outdoor adventure in NJ is one of the best values around!

Great family adventure idea!

Northern NJ
The Sussex Skylands 
Sussex County, NJ 07860

The Sussex Skylands outdoor adventures in Northern NJ New Jersey’s Great Northwest!
The Sussex Skylands, New Jersey’s "Great Northwest," offers four seasons of exciting activities for all ages. Located in Sussex County, NJ, the Sussex Skylands is home to Mountain Creek and Crystal Springs Resort. The resort features seven World-Class golf courses, Minerals Resort and Spa, Grand Cascades Lodge, two luxury day spas, several fine-dining locations and the nation's largest wine cellar with over 130,000 bottles. Located on resort property is also Action Park water park, mountains for skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, plus its two newest attractions – Mountain Creek Zip Tours and Mountain Coaster.

Area attractions include wineries, farmers markets and seven state and federal parks with extensive trail networks, including 40 miles of the Appalachian Trail for hiking, biking and wildlife observation. Sussex Skylands also features 20 golf courses, the beautiful Lake Hopatcong (New Jersey’s largest lake), casual and gourmet restaurants, antique shops, arts and entertainment venues. The natural beauty of the Sussex Skylands and its proximity to New York City make it a favorite destination for travelers. Visit or call 973-579-1811 for information.

Seasonal packages available

Northern NJ
Echo Lake Stables 
55 Blakely Lane, Newfoundland, NJ 07435

Echo Lake Stables NJ best outdoor adventures Night time horseback riding adventure in NJ!
Echo Lake Stables offers year-round trail rides, horseback riding lessons, hayrides, pony rides, night rides and more! The trail rides follow the paths Native Americans took through the mountainsides and streams. The unique night ride option starts at 6pm and includes a 90-minute trail ride, 90-minute Western-style BBQ dinner, live entertainment and an old fashioned hay ride at night (reservations required). Click Here for more details, reservations and directions or call 973-697-1257. Echo Lake Stables also offers carriage services, birthday party packages and services for Indian weddings.

Night time adventure ride with a Old fashioned Western Barbeque!

Central Shore Region NJ
100' Golden Eagle 
Belmar Marina, 905 Highway 35, Belmar, NJ 07719

Golden Eagle Best Outdoor Activities in NJ An extraordinary fishing experience
This immaculately kept yacht-like vessel has a specially trained crew providing service unequalled in the industry. Her new engines get you to the fish fast. DISCOUNTS for seniors, military, first responders, children and groups. In addition, excellent rental gear is available or a pre-fishing service on your personal rod & reel upon request.

Their experienced captains specialize in STRIPED BASS and BLUEFISH, from May through November sailing 7:30am till 2:30 or 3pm. Mid-June starts their SUNSET CRUISE/FISH excursions from 4:30 to 8:30pm. Fishermen know this time slot is best for catching FLUKE & SEA BASS. Families love this: Dad and the kids on deck catching fish as mom catches the last of the sun on the upper deck, while the captain describes points of interest.

FALL CANYON TUNA trips produce four types of tuna. Sword, dolphin, sail and marlin have also been caught. These trips are done right: hot food, bunks, seminar and the best of the best captains and crew will be with you.

Call: their captains will answer all your questions

Northern NJ
Mountain Creek Zip Tours 
200 Route 94, Vernon, NJ 07462

Mountain Creek Zip Tours Best Outdoor Adventures in NJ Mountain Creek Zip Tours zip lining in Northern New Jersey Ziplining in NJ year-round!
Mountain Creek Zip Tours is located in beautiful Vernon, NJ, only 47 miles away from Manhattan, which makes it the closest zipline to NYC. It is also the only guided zipline tour in New Jersey. Their diverse and energetic team brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the operation; safety and guest satisfaction are their top priorities! Mountain Creek Zip Tours prides themselves on the ability to give guests of all ages a safe and enjoyable zipline experience any time of the year. Ziplining is a fun-filled activity suitable for kids and adventure seekers alike.

Take a guided ziplining tour in NJ any time of the year! Mountain Creek Zip Tours provides an unrivalled panoramic view of the tri-state area. Experience the ultimate thrill as you travel along a series of ziplines (ranging from 200ft to 1,500ft in length) suspended 1,040 feet on top of Mountain Creek. The two-hour guided tour takes you along 4 ziplines and 1 suspension bridge and also includes a unimog ride.

The closest zip line to NYC!

Central NJ
Monmouth County Park System 
Monmouth County, NJ 07738
732-842-4000, ext. 4312

Monmouth County Park System Best New Jersey Outdoor Activities "Yours to Discover!"
With over 30 parks to explore, the Monmouth County Park System offers terrific locations the whole family can enjoy. There are over 130 miles of trails to hike or bike, ten playgrounds for climbing and sliding, two historic sites to take a step back in time, a wide variety of beautiful sites for boating and fishing, and so much more! The Park System also offers a wide variety of programs throughout the year, offering families terrific opportunities to learn something new or experience fun times together. Visit the website for more information n programs and activities.

Year-Round Family-Friendly Activities

Southwest NJ
Delsea Drive-In Theatre 
2203 S Delsea Dr., Vineland, NJ 08360

Delsea Drive-In Theatre unique outdoor adventures in nj New Jersey's only drive in theatre!
The Delsea Drive-In Theater has a unique and rich history that stems back to 1949 when it was first built. Located in Vineland, NJ, it is the only drive-in movie theatre in the entire state and one of the only ones in the Tri-State area. Their efforts to combine the nostalgia of the drive-in movie theatre with modern technologies makes Delsea Drive-In Theatre the perfect place for affordable family fun for all ages. The drive-in theatre provides a truly unique experience where families and friends come together for affordable entertainment and fun. Unlike sit-in movie theatres, drive-in tickets are sold by screen, not individual movies. Enjoy a double feature and sometimes a triple feature - all for the price of one! Delsea Drive-In plays the most popular in-theatre movies on each of their screens.

Come for the nostalgia of a drive-in theatre, return time and time again for the food. The Delsea Drive-In boasts an extensive full-service menu from shakes and cheese fries to pulled pork sandwiches, pizza, pierogis, teriyaki chicken and much more. View their full menu here.

Open seasonally Mid-March through December

Southern Shore Region NJ
Wetlands Wildlife Safari 
1212 Wilson Drive, Cape May, NJ 08204

Wetlands Wildlife Safari Cape May NJ outdoor attractions Discover Cape May wildlife up-close!
Join Captain Bob and naturalists aboard the Osprey on a smooth voyage into Cape May’s natural wetlands. Cape May is world famous for its variety and abundance of bird and marine life. Your interactive trip from the Cape Island Creek Nature Preserve through historic Cape May Harbor and into the Coastal Salt Marsh is a great opportunity for wildlife viewing at its finest. Make sure to bring your camera!

You may see young Osprey in nests, majestic Egrets and Herons and even Bald Eagles on the two hour cruises. You can get an up close look at starfish, eels, sharks and much more in their touch tank. Plenty of loaner binoculars available.

Tickets and information are available at

For a different view of the back bays Wetlands Wildlife Safari also offers kayak rentals and tours along with stand-up paddleboards at

Great outdoor day trip for families

Northern NJ
Mountain Creek Ropes Course 
200 Route 94, Vernon, NJ 07462

Have Balloon Will Travel best outdoor adventure Northwest NJ 10 Unique Ropes Courses for an Exhiarating Adventure for Everyone!
TreEscape Aerial Adventure Ropes Courses at Mountain Creek Resort is a one of a kind mix of wooden platforms built high in the trees and connected by thrilling sequences of rope walks, obstacles, climbing elements, and zip lines all located in their beautiful forested setting. Their park offers the adventure of climbing through the treetops to conquer a wide range of challenges for adventurers of all age levels, providing hours of fun, exhilaration, and competition for individuals, families, small parties, or large groups.

Try Mountain Creeks climbing at night challenge! Night climbing is available Friday and Saturday night and all of our courses are beautifully lit up for a fascinating night climb experience. You can stop by their clubhouse for drinks and even dinner after the thrilling adventure. Special group rates are available for all of their day or night climbs so reserve your party today!

Try Their Night Climbing!

Northern NJ
Twin Rivers Tubing 
4 Union Square, Phillipsburg, NJ 08865

Twin Rivers Tubing day trips in Warren County NJ Riverfront Location - Best in Class - Restaurant & Bar
Start and end your trip on Twin River Tubing’s riverfront location, a breathtaking setting located in Phillipsburg, New Jersey overlooking the city of Easton, Pennsylvania. This is where the Lehigh River and Delaware River merge. You and your loved ones will be energized for the fun 2-3 hour water journey ahead of you!

Twin River Tubing’s facilities and offerings of tubing, canoeing and kayaking are BEST IN CLASS with regular and backrest tubes with cup holders and tube tethers for complete connected fun! Facilities include outdoor showers, indoor changing rooms and rest rooms. Twin River Tubing’s ratings speak to their ability to go above and beyond in customer service! They accommodate the single tuber to the largest corporate outing, camp groups, church groups, bachelor/bachelorette parties, fundraisers and, of course, simple family fun! After your water adventure, you can relax, eat and drink on the outdoor deck/patio bar overlooking the river!

Living in the moment! You will have the best experience at Twin Rivers Tubing!

Northern NJ
Mountain Creek Bike Park 
200 Route 94, Vernon, NJ 07462

Mountain Creek Bike Park best outdoor attractions in New Jersey "Distinctly East Coast, Accessible to all!"
Nestled in the picturesque Kittatinny Mountains of Northwestern New Jersey you'll find Mountain Creek Resort, home to the state's largest winter resort and world-famous Action Park Waterpark. Unknown to most is that Mountain Creek is also home to one of the country's top rated and most robust lift-serviced mountain bike parks.

Mountain Creek Bike Park is the #1 Rated bike park in the Mid-Atlantic region and home to more than 50 miles of downhill and cross-country trails. New for 2015 Mountain Creek just opened their new Greenhorn beginner trail. This two-mile flow trail offers top-to-bottom riding experiences for adventurous families and bikers of all ability levels. Mountain Creek Bike Park is open May – November with daily lift service during the summer months. Their on-site bike center offers rentals, lessons and retail for all your mountain biking needs. Learn more at

Northern New Jersey

Northern NJ
Turtle Back Zoo
560 Northfield Ave., West Orange, NJ 07052

Turtle Back Zoo New Jersey outdoor attractions Outdoor fun for the whole family!
If you are looking to take your children on an age-appropriate outdoor adventure in NJ where they will learn and have fun, Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange is the place to go! This Essex County attraction provides safe and exciting outdoor fun because children will be given the chance to navigate the zoo, visit animals of all species and simultaneously take in the zoological facts that the zookeepers share with them.

In addition to the traditional fun of going from exhibit to exhibit, learning about your favorite animals, Turtle Back Zoo also offers visitors the opportunity to try their hand at the Treetop Adventure Course. This obstacle course is outrageously fun and exciting, allowing participants ages 6 and up to maneuver through a variety of challenges, always coming out victorious in the end.

Awesome outdoor obstacle course at the zoo!

Central Shore Region NJ
Point Pleasant Parasail
30 Broadway, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742

Point Pleasant Parasail NJ best family attractions Safe and fun ocean adventure
Enjoy a fun, safe and family-friendly adventure at the Jersey Shore at Point Pleasant Parasail! Soar 500 feet in the air in a fun parasail on your own or with a buddy. Getting wet is optional, but highly recommended! If you prefer a different kind of water sport, hop on the banana boat for a thrilling ride through New Jersey ocean waters. The Point Pleasant Parasail captains have over 25 years of combined experience in the parasailing industry, and they make sure to take every precaution to ensure that your experience is a safe and enjoyable one. They are open 7 days a week, and early bird discounts are available! Reservations are required, so be sure to call ahead.

25 years of experience

Southern NJ
Whale Creek Marina
100 Taylor Ave., Strathmere, NJ 08243

Whale Creek Marina NJ best outdoor activities Kayaking and fishing
Spend a day on the water at Whale Creek Marina in Strathmere, a 10 minute drive south of Ocean City, NJ. They have boats, single and double kayaks, crab pots, fishing rods, nets, and crab traps available for rent. Fishing rods and bait are also available for purchase at the shop. No boating license is required to rent a boat at Whale Creek Marina. You can go fishing and clean your catch at the dock or simply take a boat or kayak ride out to enjoy the ocean view. No matter how you choose to spend your day, it is sure to be a good time.

No boating license required

Central NJ
American Balloon LLC
211 Sidney Rd., Pittstown, NJ 08867

American Balloon LLC best outdoor activities NJ Soar above the hillside
Experience New Jersey scenery from up above as you soar through the clouds on a fun balloon ride! This aerial adventure is one of the best outdoor activities in NJ! Drift through the hills in a completely safe hot air balloon. Let nature do its job and simply enjoy the ride! Do not worry about winds or a shaky ride- balloon flight is an absolutely smooth experience, so rest assured that your ride will be secure and comfortable.

Safe, fun and unique experience

Northern NJ
Battle Creek Paintball Fields 
625 Macopin Road, West Milford, NJ 07480

Battle Creek Paintball Fields Best Outdoor Adventures in NJ One of the largest paintball fields in Northern NJ!
Grab your gun and step into battle at New Jersey's premier paintball fields. Battle Creek Paintball Fields contains 15 acres of forests, hills, bunkers and secret passages. Fight for Skull Mountain, battle through The Fortress and find your way through The Junkyard. Battle Creek is the most high-intensity paintball park in NJ.

Battle Creek Paintball Fields caters to all skill levels, from rookies to seasoned veterans. The pro shop sells and rents equipment from the best brands in the game. They offer different packages for all types of paintball fun. Want an all-day pass with a paintball gun rental? How about a private referee to supervise your game? Battle Creek can help you plan an epic paintball party, or just provide a fun afternoon outdoors. Put down your video game controller and immerse yourself in the real thing at Battle Creek.

15 acres of action

Northwest NJ
Have Balloon Will Travel 
57 Old Belvidere Road, Phillipsburg, NJ 08865

Have Balloon Will Travel best outdoor adventure Northwest NJ Fly over Warren & Hunterdon County!
HAVE BALLOON WILL TRAVEL INC. is one of N.J.'s oldest and most experienced hot air balloon companies. If you want to experience the extreme adventure of flying a hot air balloon in NJ then Have Balloon Will Travel should be your first choice. With Have Balloon Will Travel, you will enjoy magnificent views and the feeling of escape and freedom that only a hot air balloon ride can give. They are the choice if you are seeking a personalized adventure delivered by one of the most experienced professionals in NJ balloon flight - bar none.

For a truly unique and adventurous day trip idea in Northwest NJ experience hot air ballooning. Gracefully fly over the beautiful farmlands of Warren and Hunterdon County in the picturesque Delaware River Valley! Book in advance to experience this once in a lifetime adventure. Flights last about an hour with a picnic afterwards. For group rates of 4 and more call 1-800-608-6359 for details and cost.

Romantic packages available

Northern NJ
Skydive Jersey
70 Airport Rd., Pittstown, NJ 08867

Skydive Jersey best outdoor attractions in New Jersey Skydive in the beautiful fields of NJ!
Embark on the experience of a lifetime at Skydive Jersey! Climb up thousands of feet in the air, and then travel at speeds up to 120 mph as you soar back down to earth with a highly-trained tandem instructor. You’ll dive at high speeds for about 50 seconds; afterwards, take in the beautiful view of the surrounding area from the sky as you enjoy a smooth descent at 20mph for about ten minutes. Media packages are available- your friends and family will definitely want to see exciting footage of your adventure! Group rates are available, so share the experience with people you love!

Media packages and group rates available

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